President Obama today announced his intention to nominate the former FCC chairman to be the U.S. ambassador to the European Union. Now with The Carlyle Group, a private equity firm, Kennard headed the FCC during Clinton’s second term, from 1997 to 2001.
William Kennard may soon have a new government job.
President Obama today announced that he intends to nominate the former FCC chairman to be the U.S. ambassador to the European Union.
Kennard is currently managing director of the The Carlyle Group, a private equity firm, which he joined after leaving the commission in 2001. He was a fundraiser for Obama’s presidential campaign.
Prior to becoming chairman in 1997, Kennard served the FCC as general counsel, an appointee of then Chairman Reed Hundt.
Kennard also now serves on the boards of The New York Times Co., Hawaiian Telcom, and Insight Communications.
In addition, he is a board member of several nonprofit groups, including the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, One Economy Corporation, Common Sense Media, Year-Up Inc. and the Yale University Council.
Kennard is a graduate of Stanford University and Yale Law School.